When Pam’s husband, Mike, returned home from #Vietnam, he experienced #flashbacks, social withdrawal, and hypervigilance. Pam was by his side when he started receiving treatment for #PTSD and they went to couples counseling together.

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#Veterans: Sharing your story can save a life.

Visit the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs VAntage Point blog to read one Veteran’s story and learn how you can make a difference:

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Curtis’ marriage was the reason he reached out for support. What’s yours?

Hear his story of strength and recovery: [ Maketheconnection.net Link ]
“When you get deployed, it changes you,” says Owen, a #combat #Veteran.

Watch as Owen discusses how #deployment can affect friends and family, who often aren’t prepared for the change.
Sarah’s divorce left her feeling stressed, angry, and isolated from others. She started drinking heavily.

Listen as this United States Air Force #Veteran describes how therapy helped her cope with her challenges and get on a better path forward.

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“I owed it to my family to get myself checked out.”

Keith, a retired Sergeant Major, experienced a traumatic brain injury (TBI) during his service. He didn’t realize it at the time, but years later he was still dealing with the effects of #TBI — including depression and difficulty concentrating. Finally, he found help to recover.

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#Veterans can have a hard time opening up, even to family members and friends. Visit to learn how to start a conversation with your #Veteran loved one.
Reaching out for support at VA “doesn’t make you weak,” says Julie — a #militaryspouse. Hear how she encouraged her husband, Tim, to get support for managing his wartime flashbacks.

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“Helping ourselves will actually help everyone else.” Those are Ash’s words for fellow #Veterans who may need support — like he did — while transitioning from #military service.

Now he’s enjoying life again. [ Maketheconnection.net Link ]
No matter what you may be experiencing, there is support available to help get your life on a better track. Use this tool to locate nearby #Veteran resources that can help you overcome the challenges you’re facing.
No matter what you may be experiencing, there is support available to help get your life on a better track. Use this tool to locate nearby #Veteran resources that can help you overcome the challenges you’re facing.

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“You’re not going to be the same person you are with your fellow sergeants with your wife. You have to act differently,” says Sergio, U.S. Marine Corps #Veteran.

Hear how couples counseling helped Sergio strengthen his relationship with his wife.

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“You’re not going to be the same person you are with your fellow sergeants with your wife. You have to act differently,” says Sergio, U.S. Marine Corps #combat #Veteran.

Hear how couples counseling helped Sergio strengthen his relationship with his wife.

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March is National #BrainInjury Awareness Month.

Get to know the signs of traumatic brain injury (TBI) and hear from #Veterans who have learned strategies and tools for managing the effects of #TBI.

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If you know a #Veteran or #Servicemember who may be experiencing #mentalhealth challenges — such as #bipolar disorder — visit MakeTheConnection.net to help him or her find information and resources for living well.

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When Zach, a U.S. Army #Veteran, returned home from deployment, he felt angry and detached from those closest to him. With #mentalhealth treatment and the support of his family, he got back on track.

Share his story of strength.

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During Aaron’s deployment to #Afghanistan, he saw his team leader get wounded. That trauma stuck with him — causing him to feel isolated and on edge even after he returned home.

A fellow #Veteran told Aaron to get support at VA. Hear how his life changed once he reached out: [ Maketheconnection.net Link ]
#Veterans can have a hard time opening up — even to family and friends.

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“When I got back home, things were awesome for a couple months … and then after a little while, it starts to go away.”

When Bryan came home from #Iraq after a leg injury, he felt more than physical pain. Hear his story: [ Maketheconnection.net Link ]
“Find somebody that you can connect with.”

Those are Dawn’s words for fellow #Veterans who are facing new challenges in civilian life. Hear how VA therapy helped her overcome her experience with #PTSD after serving in #Iraq.

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